What does this have to do with a recipe? Well, she wanted to bring some snacks to fuel her body and unfortunately it's about time to go grocery shopping (actually about a week overdue) so I had to get a bit creative. Everyone had eaten my usual granola bars so I thought I'd try my hand at tweaking that recipe a bit and using what I had on hand. I also wanted one that was more peanut butter tasting, hoping my youngest would like them. The result....SUCCESS. A very good homemade peanut butter granola bar. I also packed her some baby carrots, and a veggie wrap.
For this recipe, I used what I had, however next time I think I'll buy regular peanuts to use. I used cashews this time. You can really add whatever you want, but my youngest isn't a huge nut and seed fan so I kept it to a minimum.
**NOTE** As I keep trying this recipe, I keep adjusting things. The last time, I got the texture right but Nan said it needed more PB so I changed it from 1/4 to 1/3 and we'll see if that satisfies her. I'll let you know.
2 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. raw cashews or peanuts, chopped
1/2 c. raw sunflower seeds
1/3 c. raw sesame seeds
1/4 c. uncooked quinoa (could up this to 1/3 c.)
2/3 c. honey (plus a little more if you feel the need)
1/3 c. Peanut butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1. On a large cookie sheet spread oats, nuts, quinoa and sunflower seeds.
2. Cook in a 325 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. If it seems that it's getting too browned, remove from oven.
3. After 10 minutes add sesame seeds. I don't add them at the beginning because they get too browned.
4. Remove from oven and place in a large bowl.
5. In a medium saucepan add honey, peanut butter, salt and vanilla. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
6. Remove from heat and pour over oat mixure. Stir well.
7. Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan and spread out evenly. Firmly pat down with the back of a spatula or whatever else works.
8. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes.
9. Let cool completely before removing from pan and cutting. I cut mine into 14-16 bars.
10. Wrap in plastic wrap, snack size bags or wax paper and place in a sealed container.
Recently I bought some of Reynold's Wrap Pan Liners. Sometimes the granola bars stick to the bottom of the pan and I didn't want to scratch up my non-stick pan so I tried these. It works great. All I have to do is using something plastic to gently loosen the sides if needed and then flip out onto cutting board.
With Joy UNquenchable,